Government Affairs

The LA Times’ George Skelton recently wrote a tired column deriding corporate agriculture’s use of water and parroting the talking points of environmental activist groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. Skelton’s attack on nut and fruit tree growers prompted a swift and blistering attack from Western Growers. The rebuttal, written by WGs’ Director of Strategic Planning and Communications Cory Lunde, was widely circulated on social media channels, including to Mr. Skelton and the LA Times.

Jeff Janas

Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on a package of Western water bills, demonstrating that Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski [R-AK] is still dedicated to identifying potential solutions to the ongoing drought crisis.

The group of bills heard by the Water and Power Subcommittee includes the revised California water legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] in February, as well as bills introduced by Senators Cory Gardner [R-CO], Harry Reid [D-NV] and Jeff Flake [R-AZ].

Jeff Janas

Today, after steadily increasing the State Water Project (SWP) allocation from 10% in December to 45% in March, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) again increased its water delivery for most recipients to 60% of requests for 2016. The extra allocation is primarily due to March storms that provided substantial precipitation to Northern California, filling key northern reservoirs, including Shasta, Oroville and Folsom.

Jeff Janas

In a recent survey of our members who use the H-2A program, more than half experienced delays in getting their workers last year. This year, with the influx of H-2B visa applications at the Department of Labor (DOL), and the greater overall demand for the H-2A program, there is a real concern that H-2A visa applications will be substantially delayed as the harvest season approaches for many of our members.

Jeff Janas

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